Luminate 2015 festival

An eco friendly, family friendly music festival? Yes, seriously. The Luminate key facts: 4000 hippies (and wannabes) camping for a whole week on top of Takaka hill (Canaan Downs), far away from electricity or cellphone coverage, without any alcohol (!), having fun dancing at three different music stages (from drums to electronic music) and learning about…


Sea kayak tour – Kaiteriteri to Split Apple Rock

Finally! When we were here the last time, Verena was still too young to participate in a sea kayak tour (minimum age is 8), but now we can do it. We booked a half-day tour from Kaiteriteri to the Split Apple Rock and back. It’s quite exhausting to paddle for several hours but absolutely worth…


Abel Tasman National Park

This time we took a sea shuttle from Kaiteriteri to Tonga Quarry and had a nice 2.5h walk over to Awaroa with our Australian guest Emine. At this time of the year, the cicadas on the trees are extremely loud but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the sunny day and a very good lunch…


The tree fella

Two massive gumtrees (aka eucalyptus)  at the hill top on our neighbor’s site blocked our morning sun, so we kindly asked them if we were allowed to remove them. “OK, no worries, if you pay for removing them!” he said, and two hours later the trees were lying on our ground. Enough firewood to keep us…


Container arrival

I guess we have to call ourselves ‘lucky’ because we’ve found a house to rent just next to our piece of (empty) land. The owners moved overseas and we were there to ask just in time. But it was totally empty and all our furniture was still in the ship container. Fortunately the container was…


Rabbit Island

Here we have two rare examples of the local beach fauna:


Cable Bay

Attempted to climb the sheep hill at Cable Bay. Stopped and returned after 15 minutes. Too hot. No shade up there. Three dead sheep on the way. :( Took some beautiful pictures.  


Nelson gardens of the world

Always worth a stopover to enjoy the flowers. :)


Nelson Tahunanui beach

We figured low-tide sandy beaches are the ideal ground for learning how to ride an unicycle. At least it doesn’t hurt that much when you fall. But it seems that this part of the beach is dog-land.

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